Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Tarmac and Sweet Potatoes


We're almost there, yes the end of all this building work is finally in sight.

I'm in Manchester today spending the day with Mum, and while I'm away the workman are laying the tarmac on all the hardcore that is now leveled .... and looking slightly better than it was a week or so ago.  It's a huge area and it's costing us a small fortune to do, but hopefully once done that will be it.

First thing this morning just after they had arrived I walked the dogs around the paddock, their first constitutional of the day, by the time we got back a three foot strip of hot tarmac covered the ground between the paddock and the roadway by the polytunnel, the nice guys lifted Rosy and Suky over the steaming hot black stuff while I carried Mavis, I was fine I had my wellies on  :-)

Now the dogs are indoors and I am about to set off, by the time I come back in a few hours I should be greeted with a completely different looking area ..... hopefully!!


The garage now has it's concrete floor, and work is just about to start to paint the interior of the workshop in brilliant white to maximise the light in there.  


Once funds allow, the outside of the workshop will be clad in wood to help the whole structure blend better into the land it sits on, for now it will have to stay as it is.  The whole thing has taken just over six months, and I never want to live through this sort of thing again.  

I'd rather move house!!


To soothe my frazzled nerves I've been tucking into good old simple foods, like this wonderful bowl of mashed Sweet Potato, with two chopped spring onions mixed in and stirred through with slightly more butter than you would think necessary.  Topped with a few tomatoes straight off the plants in the polytunnel it made for a deliciously comforting, and very filling quick tea last night.

Sue xx


14 comments:

  1. Wow what a transformation! You have both done an amazing job :)

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  2. You've achieved so much in a relatively short space of time. Its going to look great for sure.

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  3. Yummy, buttery sweet potato with home grown tomatoes - just my kind of tea!
    Your home has come on such a long way since I started reading your blog. You'll be glad when it's all over!

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  4. It's finally getting there, and is going to look stunning! I don't think I could cope the way you have with all the work, I'd get stressy, and may have had to beat someone to death if they'd left mugs on my garage roof!
    You've made me long for a bowl of sweet potato mash now, and there's no such thing as too much butter!

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  5. You and hubby have come a long way, it goes to show hard work, determination, simply and thrifty living = dreams coming true. xx

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  6. That's a fantastic job. Well done. Mmm, sweet potato. I made some sweet potato soup just the other day. Proper comfort food. X

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  7. It will be worth all the hard work, mess and expense in the end. You will have a beautiful house and land which folk will admire in a lovely part of the UK.

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  9. Good grief! I can't believe the transformation.

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  10. Good grief! I can't believe the transformation.

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  11. Yummy sweet potatoes. I love your new gateway, and it is all coming together so nicely.

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  12. I like making chips with sweet potatoes - which I usually burn a little bit - not sure mashing them with tomatoes wouldn't be a bit squidgy for me.

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  13. It looks simply perfect! . . . and so in keeping with the land, the view and even the road. I know what you mean about builders, I had scaffolding on the side of the house, made cups of tea and they managed to leave mugs on the scaffolding two floors up! many thanks. . . not. Luckily my son in law who is very tall and has extremely long arms managed to retrieve the mugs via the lavatory window. All this will pass too. Love xxx

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  14. The end does seem to be in sight. Will the garage have doors ?

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